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What’s On in Cheshire during December

PUBLISHED: 00:00 30 November 2017

Arley Hall will look stunning dressed for Christmas

Arley Hall will look stunning dressed for Christmas

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Cheshire Life’s guide to the best events in and around the county this month. Compiled by Rebekka O’Grady

THEATRE & DANCE

8th - January 1st

Peter Pan

Enjoy a swashbuckling adventure this Christmas. With a sprinkling of fairy dust, children and adults will be whisked away to Neverland with Tinkerbell, Peter Pan, Wendy and The Lost Boys.

Epstein Theatre, Liverpool, 0844 888 4411

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7th – January 6th

The Bear by Raymond Briggs

This performance tells the story of Tilly’s magical adventure, when one night an enormous snowy white bear climbs into her bedroom. A great experience for the whole family, you’ll be in awe of the dazzling puppetry and storytelling.

Waterside Arts Centre, Sale, 0161 912 5616

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Until 9th

Little Women

The first time that the Broadway musical Little Women can be seen in Europe. The show is based on Louisa May Alcott’s 150-year-old book with a stunning score by the Grammy Award winner Jason Howland. Follow the adventures of the four March sisters on their tale of self-discovery, heartache, hope and everlasting love.

Hope Mill Theatre, Ancoats, 0161 275 9141

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9th – January 7th

Peter Pan

The ultimate adventure for every child who never wants to grow up and every grown up who wishes they never had. Fly to Neverland with Peter Pan and the Darling children to meet Captain Hook (Coronation Street’s Mark Baylis), the Lost Boys and Tinkerbell.

Floral Pavilion, New Brighton, 0151 666 0000

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9th - 7th January

Dick Whittington

This show will include a spectacular 3D sequence taking audiences on a very special adventure alongside Dick Whittington and his trusty cat. John Barrowman and The Krankies will lead the cast in the captivating production.

Manchester Opera House, 0844 871 3018

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10th

The Nutcracker

Be enchanted by the Vienna Festival Ballet’s production of this classic Christmas ballet. Set to Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous score, the tale of The Nutcracker tells the story of Clara and her nutcracker doll. Together they combat the Mouse King and enjoy a magical adventure.

Parr Hall, Warrington, 01925 442345

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12th – January 6th

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

This musical tells the inspiring story of Carole King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of hit songwriting teams to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history.

Manchester Palace Theatre, 0844 871 3019

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22nd - 23rd

The Snowman

Bring all the family along to the Hallé’s screening of Raymond Briggs’ classic animated film, The Snowman. The film is accompanied by the Hallé performing Howard Blake’s magical score live including a chorister singing Walking in the Air.

The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester,

0161 237 7008

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29th - December 3rd

Nativity: The Musical

Based on the popular festive film. At St Bernadette’s School they’re attempting to mount a musical version of a nativity, but the only trouble is teacher Mr Maddens has promised that a Hollywood producer is coming to see the show to turn it into a film.

Palace Theatre, Manchester, 0844 871 3019

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MUSIC AND CONCERTS

2nd

Bowie Experience

This concert celebrates the music of the world’s greatest pop icon, David Bowie. A must see for all Bowie fans, the latest production promises an unforgettable journey of sound and vision, featuring all the hits.

Crewe Lyceum, 01270 368242

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2nd

Gospel at Clonter

Hailed as one of the greatest choirs in the world, the London Adventist Chorale is returning to Clonter by popular request. Conducted by Ken Burton, the choir will perform their annual Christmas special. There will be a 70 minute supper interval, where you can either pre-order supper, a hamper or canape baskets, or bring your own picnic with you.

Clonter Opera Theatre, Congleton,
01260 224514

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9th and 16th

Joyeux Noel!

Chester Cathedral Choir will sing a selection of traditional carols for all to enjoy. There will also be seasonal readings and a chance for all to join in and sing some festive songs and carols. If you want to make an evening of it, you can also enjoy a pre-concert dinner in the 13th century monk’s dining hall.

Chester Cathedral, Chester,
01244 324756

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15th

For Those About to Rock

Two top tribute acts, Livewire AC/DC and Limehouse Lizzy, will co-headline the 2017 Christmas Jailbreak. Expect to hear all the hits including Back in Black, Rosie and The Boys are Back in Town.

Parr Hall, Warrington, 01925 442345

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17th

Blake: Christmas Classics

This is the ultimate celebration of Yuletide, all sung in thrilling vocal harmony. At each show the boys enlist the help of a local choir,bringing the community together through music.

The Brindley Theatre, Runcorn, 0151 907 8360

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17th

Slade

One of the most popular bands in Britain from the past 30 years, Slade present their unique blend of perfect pop-rock’n’roll, outrageous flamboyance and pure fun. Be entertained by tracks from their six smash albums, including 23 top 20 singles and six number 1s.

Academy 2, Manchester, 0161 832 1111

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COUNTY DAYS OUT & CHARITY EVENTS

2nd

CAFT Grand Ball

It’s a Las Vegas theme so guests will be greeted with cocktails by ‘Elvis’ and magician Stevie Mandini. There’s a four course feast. In aid of Children’s Adventure Farm Trust. Tickets £75

Mere Golf Resort & Spa. Details: 01565 830 053

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2nd

Esty Artisan Market

Over 65 makers displaying their wares. The students will sell items they have grown or made including Christmas trees, poinsettias, cheeses, cakes and brandy butter.

Reaseheath College, Nantwich, www.facebook.com/etsysc

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4th and 6th

Candlelight and Carols

See Arley Hall transformed into a Christmas wonderland, magically lit by candlelight. Meander around each room and listen to the Bridgewater Singers choir fill you with festive cheer.

Arley Hall, Northwich, 01565 777 353

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9th – January 1st

Winter Wonderland Manchester

Over 50 family rides and attractions. There will be colourful shows, games stalls and performances from the Christmas Circus and visits from Santa Claus and real reindeers. Zippy and George from Rainbow, will also be in attendance.

EventCity, Manchester, 0843 208 1842

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16th

All Wrapped Up!

Come along to this shopping bonanza and bling up your Christmas wrapping with amazing bows and boxes. Either bring a present to wrap or buy something in the gift shop or Makers’ Place.

The Old Sunday School, Macclesfield, www.macclesfieldmuseums.co.uk

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Until 23rd

Santa’s Charity Grotto

The hugely popular Charity Santa’s Grotto at Gordale Garden & Home Centre is back. 100% of every £6.50 ticket sold goes to The Hospice of The Good Shepherd. Book online, only at www.gordale.co.uk/events

Gordale Garden Centre, Burton, 0151 336 2116

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29th – 31st

Liverpool International Horse Show

Some of the world’s finest riders, including Olympians and Global sports stars, will compete for the Grand Prix Liver Bird Show Jumping trophy, alongside new categories such as the Inter 1 Freestyle. There will be live music, performances and motor bike displays and a spectacular countdown to New Year with a fireworks display.


Liverpool Echo Arena, 
www.liverpoolhorseshow.com

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